Current Affairs January 2020

World & Local

  • Palau becomes the first country in the world to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals and sea life. The ban comes into effect immediately after an announcement by President Thomas Remengesau Jr.
  • The Netherlands is gearing up to drop the moniker “Holland” as it rebrands itself in 2020. Holland is a region of the Netherlands, but the two names are often used interchangeably to describe the northern European country.
  • UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying 13 people crashes in New TaipeiTaiwan. Eight people are killed, including the Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming, the head of the Republic of China Armed Forces
  • Iran vowed harsh revenge after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East, in an air strike.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed as the first female Chancellor of United Kingdom’s Queen’s University. Belfast
  • Croatia’s leftist former prime minister Zoran Milanović, who has pledged to make his nation a more tolerant place and turn the page on its wartime past, will be his country’s next president after defeating the incumbent conservative in a run-off vote.
  • After a year of political deadlock, incumbent Prime Minister of Spain  Pedro Sánchez is sworn in thanks to the support of left-wing parties and regional nationalists. He will form the first coalition government in the democratic era.
  • The global head of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth said he was denied entry on Sunday to Hong Kong, where he was scheduled to launch the organization’s latest world report this week.
  • Oman’s Sultan, Qaboos bin Said  one of the Middle East’s longest- serving rulers who maintained the country’s neutrality in a turbulent region, died on Friday and his cousin Haitham bin Tariq al-Said was named as his successor in a smooth transition.
  • Taiwan election: Tsai Ing-Wen wins landslide in rebuke to China.
  • Taal Volcano in the Philippines erupts  leading to the suspension of all flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
  • The Vatican appoints  undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Secretariat of State, Francesca Di Giovanni  the first woman to hold a management position in this office.
  • China’s first female tractor driver, and national icon, Liang Jun dies.
  • Russia’s new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin promised on Thursday to speed up work on achieving national goals set two years ago by President Vladimir Putin across a wide range of policy areas from health to infrastructure.
  • Foreign Minister of the Maldives  Abdulla Shahid says that his country could lose entire islands unless it can access cheap financing to fight climate change
  • Ukrainian Prime Minister  Oleksiy Honcharuk submits his resignation after an audio clip of him allegedly criticizing President Volodymyr Zelensky’s economic policies was leaked earlier this week.
  • The world’s shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died in Nepal. Khagendra Thapa Magar
  • Prince harry and megan to give up their royal titles-  Duke and Duchess of Sussex
  • Brazilian state prosecutors on Tuesday charged Fabio Schvartsman, the former chief executive of mining giant Vale SA , and 15 other people with homicide for a dam disaster last year that killed more than 250 people, 
  • A court in China on Tuesday jailed former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for 13-1/2 years and fined him 2 million yuan ($290,000) for receiving bribes and abuse of official positions.
  • Former Argentine president Mauricio Macri has been appointed executive chairman of the FIFA Foundation, the organisation founded by world football’s governing body in 2018 to promote social change.
  • Netanyahu says proposed Palestinian capital will be in Abu Dis
  • The  advances the Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds before midnight, citing the threats to human survival posed by nuclear proliferationclimate change and “cyber-based disinformation.” This is the closest to midnight that the clock has been since the project began in 1947.Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Sweden’s top court on Thursday granted a in the far north the right to regulate local hunting and fishing activities, scoring a legal precedent in favour of the country’s indigenous community. Sami association
  • appointed as the 1st ambassador of EU to United Kingdom- Joao Vale de Almeida

Sports

  • Former National Basketball Association Commissioner, David Stern who oversaw the explosive growth in the popularity of the game during his 30-year tenure, died .
  • Kimia Alizadeh the only woman from Iran to medal in an Olympic Games, announced Saturday that she defected from the country
  •  Former Japan striker , Kazuyoshi Miura who turns 53 next month, as renewed his contract with Yokohama FC to extend his record as the world’s oldest professional footballer. 
  • Barcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and named former Real Betis coach Quique Setien as his replacement, the club said in a statement on Monday.
  • the octogenarian “Superfan” of the Indian cricket team whose exuberant support prompted skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma to seek her blessings during the World Cup in England, has died due to age-related ailments. Charulata Patel,
  •  Jacqueline Williams   of the West Indies will become the first woman to officiate as the third umpire in a men’s international when she takes the field for the first of three T20Is against the visiting Ireland team.
  • Norwegian chess grandmaster has stretched his unbeaten run to a record-breaking 111 games after securing a draw in a tournament. The reigning world champion surpassed the 110 classical games undefeated set by Sergei Tiviakov in 2005 after drawing- Magnus Carlsen 
  • The legendary cricketer will be best remembered for bowling 21 consecutive maiden overs against England in a Test match in Chennai died Bapu Nadkarni
  • American former basketball player(Los Angeles Lakers)  his daughter Gianna, and seven others die in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California.Kobe Bryant 

ICC  Awards 2019

Science & Business

  • Indian Space Research Organisation identifies four Astronauts for Gaganyaan manned mission. The first unmanned mission will, however, have a half humanoid called ‘Vyomamitra’, a ‘lady’ robot.
  • Japanese billionaire online fashion retailer Zozo Inc search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary programme, Yusaku Maezawa
  • US ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc and South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor have teamed up to develop electric air taxis.
  • Scientists announce that presolar stardust grains in the  formed five to seven billion years ago, and are the oldest solid material found on Earth to date.  Murchison meteorite
  • Alphabet Inc,parent company of Google, becomes the fourth American company to hit a stock market capitalizationof US$1 trillion.
  •  Lotte Group founder, who started manufacturing chewing gum in 1948 in Japan and built the business into South Korea’s No.5 conglomerate with interests ranging from retail to chemicals, died – Shin Kyuk-ho
  • Scientist Alan Turing’s degree, medal and memorabilia recovered in Colorado
  • Gold Fields Ltd, South African mining company, has hired an investment bankRBC Capital Markets, to help it sell 30% of its gold project in northern Chile
  • Malaysian agriculture giant FGV Holdings Berhad announces it will increase its sugar imports from India from 88,000 tonnes to 133,000 in an attempt to resolve the palm oil trade dispute between the two nations.
  • An outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was initially identified during mid-December 2019 in the city of Wuhan in central China(Hubei )
  • The  completes its first test flight near SeattleWashington, United States, after two delayed attempts-Boeing 777X 
  • Tesla Inc has overtaken Germany’s Volkswagen as the world’s second most valuable carmaker behind Japan’s Toyota , as the meteoric rise in the U.S. electric vehicle maker’s shares reshuffles the global market.
  • The  in the United Arab Emirates, the first commercial nuclear plant in the Arab world, is declared ready for operation after years of delays. Barakah nuclear power plant
  • Arvind Krishna  is appointed chief executive officer of IBM, taking over from Ginni Rometty
  • Nike shoes used to run the world’s first sub-two hour marathon will be banned from professional sport under a landmark decision on Friday that also allows currently sold versions of the high-tech shoes to be used in the Olympics. Vaporfly

Arts & Entertainment

  • Journalist and author of Prozac Nation, dead at 52- Elizabeth Wurtzel,
  • Billie Eilish will write and sing the theme song to No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. 
  • The Portrait of a Lady was one of the world’s most sought-after stolen artworks before it was found – Gustav Klimt 
  • Britain’s Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen.

Grammy Awards 2020:

CategoryWinner
Best Spoken Word Album“Becoming” by Michelle Obama
Album of the YearWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish
Record of the YearBad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Best New ArtistBillie Eilish
Best Rap AlbumIgor  by Tyler, The Creator
Best Country Album“While I’m Livin” by Tanya Tucker
Song of the Year“Bad Guy” Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
Best Rock Album“Social Cues” by rock band Cage The Elephant
Best Rock Song“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr., songwriter
Best Music Video“Old Town Road” by  Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
Best pop solo PerformanceTruth Hurts” by Lizzo.
Best Pop Vocal AlbumWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish Most (5) Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell

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